April 8, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

John 8:21-30

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“I am going away and you will look for me,
but you will die in your sin.
Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said,
“He is not going to kill himself, is he,
because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
He said to them, “You belong to what is below,
I belong to what is above.
You belong to this world,
but I do not belong to this world.
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.
For if you do not believe that I AM,
you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.
I have much to say about you in condemnation.
But the one who sent me is true,
and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said to them,
“When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me.
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.

Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):

     Jesus reveals His divinity to the listeners and shows our human limitations as we belong to this world. As I reflect on this, I realized how the seminary formation pushes me not just to in our limitations capacities but through those activities that I experienced here in the seminary reminds me to do it with excellence and distinction.

     I remember what our Rector would told us in one the conferences that one important thing that we can learn here in the seminary is “how to learn”. This is true, as I’m already in the middle of seminary formation year I see it in all that we are doing. Through the different expectations in the pillars of formation such as community, academics, spirituality and apostolate I learned how God guides me and works to see His Divine Providence. It is really through Him that all I can do all because of His mercy and love.

      As we are now in the fifth week of Lent it is good to ask ourselves: Do we recognize the presence of God in all things that we do? Do we discern for all those actions? Discernment is something we do everyday in which we see the desire of God. The invitation for me is to be aware of God’s action because He knows what is good for me. With this, I should not forget to express the gratitude in all the gifts that God has given to me.

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